- Saudi Arabia: Egypt’s water security is an integral part of Arab security
- Bahrain and Oman announce support for Egypt’s position in the Renaissance Dam crisis
- Sudan: The second filling of the Renaissance Dam affects the energy and electricity in the country
Several Arab countries issued a series of statements announcing their support for Egypt’s position in the Renaissance Dam crisis, hours after President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi warned against harming Egypt’s water, saying, “No one can take a drop of water from Egypt, whoever wants to be tried.”
A statement issued by the Saudi Foreign Ministry stated that the Kingdom affirms its support for the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Republic of Sudan, and affirms that their water security is an integral part of Arab security.
Saudi Arabia affirmed its support and support for any efforts that contribute to ending the file of the Renaissance Dam and take into account the interests of all parties, and stresses the need to continue negotiations in good faith to reach a fair and binding agreement regarding the Renaissance Dam as soon as possible, in accordance with international laws and standards in force in this regard, in a manner that preserves The rights of all the Nile Basin countries in its waters, and it serves their interests and their peoples together.
For its part, the Sultanate of Oman expressed its solidarity with and support for Egypt in its efforts to resolve the dispute over the Renaissance Dam through dialogue and negotiation.
In a statement, the Omani Foreign Ministry stated that these efforts come “in a way that achieves stability for the region and preserves the interests of all parties.”
The Yemeni government issued a statement in which it expressed its solidarity and standing with the Arab Republic of Egypt in its endeavor to find a just solution to the Renaissance Dam file and support its sincere efforts to achieve regional peace and stability.
The Yemeni Foreign Ministry said in its statement that “Egypt’s water security is an integral part of Arab national security.”
The Yemeni Foreign Ministry stressed the importance of not taking any unilateral steps affecting their interests and water uses in a manner that preserves the water and economic rights of the Nile River countries and achieves development and economic growth for the Nile Basin countries in accordance with the principles of international law.
The Kingdom of Bahrain also expressed its solidarity with Egypt in preserving its national and water security, protecting the interests of its people and its legitimate right to life, and its sincere efforts to achieve peace and regional stability.
In a statement, the Bahraini Foreign Ministry affirmed the Kingdom’s support for the efforts exerted to solve the crisis of filling and operating the Renaissance Dam in a manner that preserves the water and economic rights of the Nile River countries in accordance with international laws, and in a manner that allows all the Nile Basin countries to achieve their ambitions for development and economic growth, in order to preserve security, peace and stability in the region.
According to the statement, the Sudanese Minister of Energy and Oil, Jaden Ali Obaid, confirmed that the expected second filling of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will negatively affect the production of electrical energy in Sudan.
“The timing of the second phase of filling the Renaissance Dam from June to August will lead to a drop in the water level to the lowest level, which will affect the hydro-generating stations and the production of electric power in Sudan,” Obaid said during his meeting with the head of the US peace mission in Sudan, Donald Booth.
He added that Khartoum is making efforts to reduce the amount of electric power production as a precaution in the event that decisions are issued without agreement or coordination between the parties, noting the importance of reaching an agreement between all parties before Ethiopia decides to unilaterally fill the dam.
In this context, the United States entered the line of the Renaissance Dam crisis, and the Saudi “Al-Hadath” satellite channel quoted a State Department official as saying: “We continue to support cooperative and constructive efforts to reach an arrangement regarding the Renaissance Dam.”
The American official added, “The Renaissance Dam is a major issue for Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.”
On the other hand, Ethiopia continues its intransigence, as the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry informed the US envoy to Sudan, Donald Booth, that it is proceeding with the second filling of the Renaissance Dam as planned next July.
The broad Arab support for Egypt’s position came after strict messages from President El-Sisi and warnings of compromising the country’s water security, in light of Ethiopias embarking on the second filling of the Renaissance Dam.
During his visit to the Suez Canal on Tuesday, President El-Sisi said that Egypt’s waters are untouchable and a red line, and any move will affect the stability of the entire region, noting that Egypt is negotiating to achieve benefits for all.
He pointed out that no one can take a single point of water from Egypt, explaining that there is an additional move regarding negotiations during the coming period to reach a binding legal agreement regarding the filling and operation of the dam with all parties.
President Al-Sisi continued: “We don’t talk much, but nobody will be able to take a drop of water from Egypt and we will not threaten anyone, but those who want to try close, and our age has not threatened us. It will affect the stability of the entire region. “